Chennai City Break offers an easy paced exploration of temple heritage, beaches, cuisine and cultural elements of Tamil Nadu. You visit Kanjivaram Saree centres of Kanchipuram, walk the food trail of Adyar and enjoy a drive on the East Coast Road. This is meant for travellers looking a mix of fun, entertainment and experience.
Highlights of this break would be
Stay in a 5* hotel at a 2 minutes walking distance from Marina Beach
Experience a food walk to give you a comprehensive insight into the traditional cuisine of South India
Enjoy a drive on the East Coast Road, the most renowned driving route of India
Spend time in Kanchipuram exploring temple heritage, craft and local cuisine
Day 1: Arrival at Chennai. Afternoon excursion to Kanchipuram Arrival at Chennai and drive to your hotel near Marina beach. In the afternoon, take an excursion to Kanchipraum (62 kms - 1.5 hour), a hub of significant temples, Kanjiravaram Sarees and South Indian ethnic cuisine. You visit Ekambareswarar Temple (a Panchbhoota Temple of Lord Shiva and one that is renowned for its 180 ft Sanctum Sanctorum), Kamakshi Amman Temple (one of the Shaktipeetha Temples) and Kailasanathar Temple (a temple built with Dravidian architectural style). Thereafter, you visit a silk loom centre weaving Kanjivaram Sarees.
Restaurants in Kanchipuram are renowned for their traditional South Indian fare. Saravana Bhawan, Sangeetha Restaurant, Adayar Ananda Bhavan are some of the most popular ones. So, you have an early dinner before returning to Chennai by the evening.
Day 2: Explore Colonial Heritage of Chennai. Evening Heritage Walk Today morning you explore the colonial heritage and history of Chennai. You also visit San Thome, Chennai’s famous basilica, home to the remains of the Apostle St. Thomas. Thereafter, you are driven through fishing villages to visit a Light House offering super views. You will then walk the Fort St. George, the first fortress of British power in India and visit St. Mary’s Church in the Fort, the oldest British church in India. Then you visit Fort Museum that has a collection from the days of the East India Company. You eventually visit the Marina Beach, the longest beach in India having colourful stalls and beachside eateries.
In the evening, you undertake the food walk at Adyar, the residential hub of Chennai that is renowned for its local South Indian cuisine eateries. The tour introduces you to the traditional cuisine of South India and its ingredients. You visit the provision and specialty shops understanding ingredients and spices that are used for making South Indian meals. We visit many family run eateries, each having its own speciality. The walk has an option for you to focus on different regional cuisines such as Andhra Cuisine or Cuisine from Karnataka and understand how they are different from local Tamil Cuisine. The walk ends with a dinner at a local South Indian restaurant before returning to the hotel.
Note: You may head to one of the popular bars, lounges and discos in T Nagar, the dining and nightlife hub of Chennai.
Day 3: Marina Beach morning walk followed by an ECR drive Today you enjoy a morning walk on the Marina Beach and after breakfast, you depart for a drive on the ECR (East Coast Road), a coastal road, renowned for its character and views. Enroute you may stop at lakes for some bird watching, visit Crocodile Farm, visit Dakshinachitra (cross cultural living museum of art, architecture, lifestyles, crafts and performing arts), Mahabalipuram (beachside getaway home to a shore temple that is a UNESCO heritage site) and return to Chennai by the afternoon / evening for departure.
5* Hotel with Breakfast
Airport Transfers and Day Use car for 2 Days
Guided Half day Sightseeing exploring Colonial Heritage of Chennai
Guided Food walk in Adyar
Entry Fees (If any)
Lunch and Dinner
Local travelling and drop offs for Dinner (Uber / Ola available easily)